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Community and Neighbourhood Watch News

ISSUE 37 September 2007


City Wide

IMITATION GUNS INCLUDING BB GUNS

In the light of recent tragic events in Liverpool where Rhys Jones was killed by a gun, messages in relation to firearms, imitation or otherwise, seem ever more pertinent than ever. I would like to take this opportunity to warn people about the dangers of carrying imitation guns in public.

Since April 2004 it has been illegal to carry an imitation gun in public and police have been making the consequences clear.

Trained police officers have great difficulty distinguishing these guns from actual firearms and have to act as if they are real. There is a real risk of someone being shot by armed response officers who are unable to establish the exact nature of the weapon. The fear felt by members of the public on being confronted with an imitation gun can be just as great. Valuable time and resources are being used up when armed response teams have to be sent to incidents involving fake guns.

I want to ask parents to support the police by making their children aware of the consequences of having such a weapon in their possession.

Chief Superintendent George Simpson, Divisional Commander.

Hot Topics

SAFE USE OF AN ATM

The overwhelming majority of cash machine withdrawals take place crime free, but cardholders still need to be aware of the common sense steps to take when using a cash machine.

Top tips: How cardholders can prevent themselves becoming a victim of crime when withdrawing money from a cash machine

1. Choosing a Cash Machine
Put your personal safety first. Be aware of others around you. If someone close to the cash machine is behaving suspiciously or makes you feel uncomfortable choose another. If there is anything unusual about the cash machine, or there are signs of tampering, do not use the machine and report it to the bank immediately. If you suspect that a skimming device has been attached to a cash machine, inform staff within the bank or, if this is not possible, inform the police. Put your personal safety first and do not attempt to remove it yourself.

2. Using a cash machine
Be aware of your surroundings. If someone is crowding or watching you, cancel the transaction and go to another machine. Do not accept help from seemingly well-meaning strangers and never allow yourself to be distracted. Stand close to the cash machine and always shield the keypad to avoid anyone seeing you enter your PIN.

3. Leaving a cash machine
Once you have completed a transaction, discreetly put your money and card away before leaving the cash machine. If the cash machine does not return your card, report its loss immediately to your bank. Tear up or preferably shred your cash machine receipt, mini-statement or balance enquiry when you dispose of them.


Local News Beat PC48 Fountainbridge

This is the September edition of your monthly newsletter.

There were 42 crimes or offences reported during the month of August 2007.

DOMESTIC HOUSEBREAKING
There were seven domestic Theft by housebreakings and 2 housebreakings with intent to steal.
  • On 1st August, a ground floor flat in Polwarth Gardens was entered by forcing rear window. A camera, sunglasses, documents and jewellery stolen.
  • On 3rd August, a ground floor flat in Polwarth Gardens was entered by smashing a window. A Sat Nav, camera and MP3 player were stolen.
  • On 6th August, a ground floor flat in Bryson Road was entered through an insecure window. A computer was stolen.
  • Between 6th and 7th August, an attempt was made to enter a third floor flat in Watson Crescent. The culprits made off when disturbed. Two males aged 27 and 18 have been charged.
  • On 9th August, a ground floor flat in Polwarth Place was entered by forcing a rear window. DVD’s and tobacco were stolen.
  • On 9th August, a third floor flat in Bryson Road was entered via a rear window. A computer and hair straighteners were stolen.
  • On 24th August, a ground floor flat in Watson Crescent was entered through an insecure window. A computer, Dictaphone and T.V. were stolen.
  • On 26th August, a first floor flat in Upper Grove Place was broken into by bodily pressure on the door. A mobile phone and letter were stolen.
  • On 28th August, a 26 year old male was arrested after attempting to break into a third floor flat in Gardner’s Crescent.
BUSINESS HOUSEBREAKING
There was one business housebreaking in August.
  • Tollcross Primary School was entered by persons climbing a scaffolding. Nothing was stolen.
AUTO CRIME
  • No vehicles were reported stolen during August.
THEFT FROM VEHICLES
There were four vehicles broken into, or had property stolen from them, during August.
  • Between 31st July and 1st August, a Peugeot in Grove Street was broken into and a key and documents were stolen.
  • Between 6th and 7th August, a Volkswagen Polo in Horne Terrace was broken into. Nothing stolen.
  • On 7th August, a Toyota in St. Peter’s Place was broken into. An MP3 player and sunglasses were stolen.
  • Between 9th and 10th August, a Volkswagen in Watson Crescent. Nothing was stolen.
THEFT PEDAL CYCLE
  • Only one pedal cycle was stolen. It had been left unattended in Granville Terrace.
YOUTH CALLS
There were 17 youth related call during August
  • 4 were to Yeaman Place, 3 to Bryson Road, and 5 were to the Grove Street / Morrison Street area. The other calls were dotted across the beat
  • The calls were spread throughout the month.
  • The problem areas will be actively patrolled by the Youth Action Teams & Community Patrol Officers
LOGGED INCIDENTS
During August there were 271 incidents logged by the police in respect of Fountainbridge beat.
  • 14 of the calls were graded ‘1’, i.e. emergencies,
  • 65 were graded ‘2’ , i.e. not emergencies, however should be responded to within one hour.
  • The remainder of the calls were dealt with by Community Beat Officer or patrol officers.


Useful Numbers

  And Finally...

Community Beat Officer (CBO)

PC John Goodall
0131 221 2008
Email john.goodall@lbp.pnn.police.uk

Officer in Charge of Tollcross Sector
Inspector Alexander Boyd
0131 622 2426
alexander.boyd@lbp.pnn.police.uk

Crimestoppers
0800 555 111

CLARENCE (street lighting faults etc)
0800 23 23 23

Victim Support Helpline
0845 603 9213

The Scottish Helpline for Older People
0845 125 9732

Know the Score
(Information and advice on drugs)
0800 587 5879
  Can I remind everyone a little about personal safety.

When going out to enjoy yourselves personal safety is perhaps easily forgotten however following the basic steps below will undoubtedly make your night more enjoyable and deter any potential thief or assailant
  • Keep your belongings in sight
  • Be aware of what you are drinking and ensure nobody tampers with it.
  • When coming home ensure you are not alone and keep to well illuminated pathways.
  • If you see something suspicious or feel ill at ease with anything or anybody call the Police
If you have any information in respect of crimes or incidents on the Fountainbridge beat, please contact me, John Goodall, by telephone or e-mail. Alternatively, you can speak to me in person at my monthly Community Police Surgery. This gives you the opportunity to make me aware of problems on the Fountainbridge beat.
My next surgery will be on Wednesday 26th September, 2007, between 1100 and 1200 hours at the North Merchiston Boy’s and Girl’s Club, 48 Watson Crescent, Edinburgh.